Northern Colorado Fall Colors Tour

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Graywolf11, Aug 2, 2016.

  1. The Rizz

    The Rizz Been here awhile

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    I just got home after splitting from the group near Buffalo Pass. Had a nice ride over Cameron Pass, Poudre canyon, stove prairie, and back up to Peak to Peak Hwy. Sorry to hear you guys got nailed by it. Usually the weather is perfect this time of year.
  2. Sidney

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    AJ and I headed over to Vernal. Sunny and 50. Hitting Dino park in the morning then might head to Moab.
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  3. Tha Rick

    Tha Rick Shake and bake!

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    I thought I saw y'all in Estes.
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  4. Tha Rick

    Tha Rick Shake and bake!

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    Braaap! glad to hear that.
  5. Coloradical

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    Left Fort Collins about 8 am and met Hellsickle and Prairie Rider on the east side of Buffalo Pass around 10:45. I was ready to Make Colorado Great Again but we got snow and rain instead. When everyone decided to scatter, MJSkier and I rode back to Fort Collins. We had more snow over Rabbit Ears and Cameron, but we made it back safely and I got home about 6:30. I did stop by Butcherknife before leaving the boat and filled a growler with a pretty good Marzen. It was a long ride for a beer, but it was a good Adventure.
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  6. bmon

    bmon Go Thattaway

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    Bwife and I were playing catchup got hit by the storm going over Stillwater, chased back to Granby.

    Is anyone heading on to ripple tomorrow?
  7. Coloradical

    Coloradical Long timer

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    I didn't take too many photos but here are a few from my day:

    On the way to Buffalo Pass
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    Prairie Rider in the snow on Buffalo Pass
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    MJSkier in the snow on Rabbit Ears Pass
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    Me on Rabbit Ears Pass
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    And one sort of artsy shot of an aspen leaf that landed on my seat
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    The one good thing about the cold temps was my growler was still nice and cold when I got home. :drink
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  8. jjustj

    jjustj cum petris et choris

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    be safe one and all if you need anything im here in Dillon!!!!!
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  9. Patj551

    Patj551 Motorcycle & Empowerment Coach

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    Our day started out quite pleasant and beautiful...then the weather degraded badly and quickly! Still...I enjoyed the day and snapped a few photos. Thirty-two degrees and got snowed on returning home over Rabbit Ears Pass.

    Osprey leading the gang...

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    Bruno on his Husky...
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    Steamboat...errr Loveland Dave...
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    Wall to wall carpet of gold...
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    Thanks everyone! It was great to see you even if they weekend was cut short!
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  10. Tha Rick

    Tha Rick Shake and bake!

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    Wooohooo, even though the trip was short, cuz the weather turned bad, it is memorable. ..I had extra portions of beans at Pat and Cindys and was competitive with the elk bulging for Osprey attention, then a great breakfast by Prarierider, a memorable ride with Sidney +kidney, and grey wolf over gore pass, and realized the Colorado weather again as I rode over Rabbit ears pass to good weather and home to my Grizgirl.


    Thanks for getting the ride together Greywolf! And for hosting the events staging Pat and Cindy! Y'all are AWESOME! !!
  11. Blakebird

    Blakebird air conditioned gypsy

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    Pat, love the pics, especially the 'wall to wall carpet of gold'. :thumb
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  12. Patj551

    Patj551 Motorcycle & Empowerment Coach

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    Thanks Blake. I rode right by it, but turned around to get that shot.
  13. Sidney

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    AJ and I did Dino Park this morning then headed south. Took old bonanza road to Butler Pass. Lots of mud but we made it! At Delta tonight then heading back towards Lyons in morning.
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  14. Osprey!

    Osprey! a.k.a. Opie

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    Great to hear that you continued your adventure, Sidney!

    Mark, how did your case repair hold up? Impressive tape skills...

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  15. zgfiredude

    zgfiredude RMAR

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    Our journey started in GJ Friday morning.....pouring rain and cold and windy....we elected to not rush out to try and meet the group in Steamboat for lunch as originally planned, and just waited it out a bit. We departed GJ around 10 and went north from Loma to Rangely over Douglas Pass (34 degrees and snow). A good cup of coffee in Rangely and on to Meeker. The day saw us get to Meeker without getting rained on miraculously enough....Ripple Creek was booked so we stayed at the Elk Mountain in town (good folks there, fyi). We thought we would maybe circle around to Steamboat and back on Friday and catch the group at Ripple Creek, but as we watched the clouds, began to feel the rain, and then heard from Fin (who came and joined us after the demise of the Steamboat gathering) that the group had blown up.

    We made grand plans to hit the Buford road to New Castle and continue south up onto the Grand Mesa, hang a left and head to McClure Pass and down to Hotchkiss where there was some BMW motorcycle gathering......I probably would have been the only KTM within 100 miles! That was the plan as we went to sleep Friday night.....Saturday morning we woke to 34 degrees, and a constant down pour in Meeker. Our plans were "recalculated".....down 13 to Rifle and make choices there was the call.

    21.1 miles later, we are on the side of the highway, in a construction zone, in light soothing drizzle, with Fin's bike no longer running..............it appeared that the fuel pump decided to go on holiday as well. We evaluated our options and made the call to AAA for a tow. 2 hours and 15 minutes later, our "emergent/priority dispatch" of a truck arrived!! Insert social commentary here: in the over two hours that we stood on the shoulder, in the intermittent rain, in a construction zone with 35 MPH speed limit (mostly ignored), not one single car or truck or even the one Rio Blanco Sheriff's Deputy that drove past 3 motorcyclists huddled around one bike with the seat off and bags open stopped to offer assistance or even ask if we needed help! NOT ONE! There were pickups with empty beds, pickups and suvs with 4 wheelers and room on trailers, there was even one empty little Uhaul flatbed trailer with a ramp gate that passed, and no one stopped! Amazing and disappointing in my opinion, I personally make it a habit to stop and check as often as I can, and will even more now.

    Anyway, Fin and his bike and the tow truck dude headed east out of Rifle, and Erling and I head west. As soon as I got home I enjoyed the best bowl of HOT clam chowder I've had in a long time!!

    Great weekend all in all, would do it again (just not real soon ;-) )
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  16. Murf2

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    Well, it's supposed to be an adventure, isn't it?


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  17. Murf2

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    Smiley's man. Damn phone!

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  18. Murf2

    Murf2 Long timer

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    We were trying to get out last week but things came up and it didn't happen. Sounds like it was for the best.

    The wife and I are in Oakley Ks headed out now. Would the northern part still look good or where should we look? Be out several times when I was still working and was always too early. Hope to take in the beauty this year.



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  19. zgfiredude

    zgfiredude RMAR

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    I would focus on I-70 and south, after this storm I think most of the northern stuff will fall to the ground unfortunately.....but there will be pockets all over!

    I know the Aspen area and McClure Pass are really good, I'd guess the other side of Independence Pass around Twin Lakes is good too.
  20. waybill

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    This Fin? Stopped by his shop on the way north Thursday, bummer on the fuel pump!


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    Buffalo Pass yesterday : )

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